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Secretary Napolitano to Tour Three States on First Trip

Release Date: 
February 6, 2009

For Immediate Release
Office of the Press Secretary
Contact: 202-282-8010

U.S. Department of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano will tour Kentucky, Kansas and Iowa next week during her first trip as Secretary, observing the continuing federal response to regional ice storms and focusing on preparation for the upcoming flood and tornado seasons.

During her trip, the Secretary will tour areas damaged by severe winter weather, meet with partners from state and local governments and visit with emergency management workers in those states.

For Planning Purposes Only:

Secretary Napolitano’s tentative schedule is as follows:
Note: More events may be added

Tuesday, February 10

FRANKFORT, KY
11:30 A.M. EST – Press Availability with Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear

Location: Kentucky EOC, 100 Minuteman Pkwy., Frankfort, KY
Contact: DHS Press Office, 202-282-8010
You will see: Secretary Napolitano and Governor Beshear addressing the media after a briefing on winter storms.

PADUCAH, KY
12:30 P.M. CST – Press Availability with Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear

Location: National Guard Center, Barkley Regional Airport, 2901 Fischer Rd, West Paducah, KY
Contact: DHS Press Office, 202-282-8010
You will see: Secretary Napolitano and Governor Beshear addressing the media about ongoing winter storm response efforts.

1:00 P.M.CST – Tour with Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear of Storm-Damaged Neighborhood (open to press for B-roll)

Location: Whispering Oaks Subdivision, Corner of Charles Avenue & Summers Lane, Kevil, KY
Contact: DHS Press Office, 202-282-8010
You will see: Secretary Napolitano and Governor Beshear touring a neighborhood damaged by recent winter storms.

MANHATTAN, KS
5:00 P.M. CST – Press Availability with Kansas Governor Kathleen Sebelius at Kansas State University

Location: Kansas State University Biosecurity Research Institute, 1041 Pat Roberts Hall, Manhattan, KS
Contact: Kansas State University Media Relations, 785-532-6415
You will see: Secretary Napolitano and Governor Sebelius addressing the media about the importance of protecting American food supply and agriculture from potential biological threats.

Wednesday, February 11

TOPEKA, KS
8:00 A.M. CST – Secretary Addresses Kansas Emergency Managers

Location: Kansas State Defense Building, 2800 SW Topeka Blvd, Topeka, KS
Contact: DHS Press Office, 202-282-8010
You will see: Secretary Napolitano addressing a group of approximately 100 state emergency managers on preparedness issues.

GREENSBURG, KS
10:15 A.M CST – Grand Opening of Dillons Supermarket

Location: Kansas Avenue, between Main Street and Sycamore Street, Greensburg, KS
Contact: DHS Press Office, 202-282-8010
You will see: Secretary Napolitano and Governor Sebelius attending the opening of a large new business in Greensburg, Kansas, a community recovering from extensive tornado damage.

10:25 A.M. CST– Walking Tour with Kansas Governor Kathleen Sebelius of Greensburg Tornado Damage

Location: TBD
Contact: DHS Press Office, 202-282-8010
You will see: Secretary Napolitano and Governor Sebelius touring tornado damage in Greensburg.

CEDAR RAPIDS, IA
2:30 P.M. CST– Tour with Iowa Governor Chet Culver of Flood-Damaged Cedar Rapids

Neighborhood (open for B-roll)
Location: TBD
Contact: DHS Press Office, 202-282-8010
You will see: Secretary Napolitano, Governor Culver, and local and state officials touring areas of Cedar Rapids damaged by floods.

4:00 P.M. CST – Press Availability with Iowa Governor Chet Culver and Community Leaders

Location: Kirkwood Community College, 6301 Kirkwood Blvd. SW, Cedar Rapids, IA
Contact: DHS Press Office, 202-282-8010
You will see: Secretary Napolitano, Governor Culver, state and local officials, and community leaders addressing the media after meeting with local emergency managers.

IOWA CITY, IA
5:00 P.M. CST – Walking Tour with Iowa Governor Chet Culver of University of Iowa Flood Damage

Location: University of Iowa, 100 Pomerantz Center, Iowa City, IA
Contact: DHS Press Office, 202-282-8010
You will see: Secretary Napolitano, Governor Culver, University officials, state officials, and local officials touring flood damage at the University of Iowa.

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